Thomas G. Burish
Charles and Jill Fischer Provost
Thomas G. Burish has served as the University provost since his election in 2005. A distinguished clinical psychologist, Provost Burish is also a professor within Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology. He led Washington and Lee University as its president from 2002 to 2005; prior to that, he was Vanderbilt University’s provost from 1993 to 2002. He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1976 after earning master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas.
Provost Burish’s research interests are in behavioral oncology, or the psychological effects of cancer—particularly the factors affecting a patient’s ability to cope with cancer treatment, with the goal of preventing or relieving distress. He was a member of the American Cancer Society’s national board of directors from 1991 to 2006, chairing it from 2004 to 2005, and is currently on the board of directors of BioCrossroads and the Center for Research Libraries while serving as chairman of the board of South Bend’s Memorial Hospital. Widely published in journals in his field, he has also coauthored or coedited four books and contributed to more than 15 others.
The Charles and Jill Fischer Provost position was established in 2014 by trustee emeritus and 1949 alumnus Charles K. Fischer Sr. and his wife, Jill, to provide support for the provost in fulfilling academic needs and pursuing new opportunities and priorities. The provost is the University’s chief academic officer, overseeing budget and planning, faculty affairs, graduate studies, undergraduate affairs, and internationalization.